By Chris Rossini
Billionaires get a lot of press these days. They're the bad guys. There's only a handful of them, and they're such an easy target. So if you're a politician looking to 'get votes,' people with a lot of money can be painted as "greedy" and the votes will come pouring in.
It's very simplistic, but it works.
People are led to believe that we have non-greedy, pure as the driven snow "public servants" in Washington DC. They've followed their calling to "serve the people," and a bunch of billionaires show up with their bags of money and ruin everything.
Well, if lobbyists, corporate interests, and billionaires are showing up with bags of money, what on Earth could they be buying?
What is for sale in Washington D.C.?
Surely, when one reads the U.S. Constitution, nothing should ever be for sale. The Constitution was meant to "chain down" political power, as the Founders said. This was the 'land of the free,' and power was to be a non-issue.
"Checks and Balances" were meant to keep bureaucrats tied up and hindered, while Americans enjoyed their natural individual liberty.
Furthermore, every pure as the driven snow politician swears to obey the U.S. Constitution. It's the very first thing that they do before taking office. Family and friends gather around, there are Bibles, raised right hands, and photos.
If the non-greedy superhuman politicians keep their word, and honor their oath of office, what can possibly be for sale in Washington D.C.?
Well, it turned out that the oath of office ended up being the politician's very first "official" lie.
Today we find that American politicians don't follow the Constitution at all (or barely). Just about everything that is done by Washington is blatantly unconstitutional.
It didn't have to be this way, of course. The "public servants" could have taken their oath seriously. In fact, that's exactly what Ron Paul did as a Congressman. His votes were tied to the U.S. Constitution. If something was unconstitutional (i.e., just about everything) he voted "No."
Do you know how many "public servants" joined him in voting "No" to unconstitutional laws? Go look at the votes.
Dr. Paul even earned the noble moniker "Dr. No."
It's ironic because the nickname was meant to have a negative connotation to it. But Ron Paul was actually "Dr. Yes." He was voting "Yes" for the Constitution and "Yes" for individual liberty.
So we have identified the answer to our earlier question --- What is for sale in Washington D.C.?
The answer to that question is -- unconstitutional power.
Ron Paul never had an issue with corporate interests or "billionaires." Lobbyists of all stripes would walk right past his office door. They wouldn't even knock.
Why was that?
Because nothing was for sale. There was absolutely no unconstitutional power that anyone could horse-trade for. So no one bothered.
This leads us to the next question.
When something (anything) is for sale, who becomes the ultimate buyer? The highest bidder, of course.
If someone wants to buy your home, will you take the bid below your offer, at your offer, or above your offer? Your home will go to the highest bidder.
So if unconstitutional powers are for sale, who will those powers go to?
The average Joe? The poor? The vulnerable and weak?
Are they the highest bidders?
Of course not!
The unconstitutional powers will go to those with the most money, or perks, or whatever is involved in the horse-trade.
So the problem begins with the breaking of the oath of office. The problem does not begin with the lobbyists, and corporations, and billionaires. They capitalize on it for sure, but they are not the source.
Blaming corporations and billionaires solves absolutely nothing, even though it's a guaranteed vote getter.
You don't see politicians campaigning to follow the Constitution, right? There's no "movement" of those who promise to get to Washington to actually follow the law of the land. There may be 1 or 2 out of 500.
Instead, it's the exact opposite.
Politicians, every election season, dupe the rest of the American public. They "promise" the public that they too can get in on the unconstitutional game. They don't have to be billionaires. They can get unconstitutional stuff on the cheap!
"Just vote for me!"
Politicians promise lots of unconstitutional stuff .... FREE this ... FREE that ... FREE everything!
Everyone jumps in on the unconstitutional fire sale charade .... and nothing ever changes in Washington.
If you're going to have a country where the Constitution is completely ignored and unconstitutional power is up for grabs, the highest bidder will get the sale.
That's not what America was supposed to be.
Unconstitutional powers were not supposed to be available to anyone - rich or poor.
Americans were supposed to 'pursue their own individual happiness' and enjoy their freedom. Government was supposed to protect that freedom, not be the one who attempts to take it all away.
A big U-Turn is definitely in order.